Monthly Programme of Events
  15 Mar: Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers and the Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on International Relations co-host a public dialogue on the current situation and South Africa’s position on the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), Cape Town, South Africa
  13 Mar: Press Conference by Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and Minister Geoffrey Onyeama of Nigeria, in Pretoria, South Africa
  11 Mar: Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and the Premier of the Kwa-Zulu Natal Province, Mr Willies Mchunu, co-host an event to mark 2017 International Women’s Day, Richards Bay, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa
  10 Mar: Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane hosts Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, of Qatar, in Pretoria, South Africa
  5-7 Mar: Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Council of Ministers (COM) Meeting, Jakarta, Indonesia
  27 Feb-1 Mar: High-Level Segment of the 34th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC34),Geneva, Switzerland
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South Africa condemns the terrorist attacks in the United Kingdom.The South African Government joins the international community in strongly condemning the cowardly terrorist attack that took place at the United Kingdom Parliament in London on Tuesday, 22 March 2017,  which resulted in the deaths of several people, leaving scores injured.

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Human Rights Day Address by His Excellency, President Jacob Zuma, Victoria Sportsground, King William’s Town, Eastern Cape, 21 March 2017. Molweni, sanibonani, We greet you all on this important occasion of the 2017 Human Rights Day commemoration in the beautiful Eastern Cape Province. On Human Rights Day we celebrate and re-affirm our commitment to the hard-won human rights that are enshrined in the Constitution of our country.

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Deputy Minister Landers in collaboration with Parliaments Portfolio Committee on International Relations led a public dialogue on the current situation and South Africa's position on the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic on 15 March 2017, Parliament, Cape Town.

Picture by: Yolande Snyman

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Speech by Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers on the occasion of a Public Dialogue on the struggle for independence of Western Sahara from Morocco, 15 March 2017, Parliament, Cape Town. 2017 has been declared the year of OR Tambo by our President. Comrade OR Tambo who was our longest serving ANC President, shaped our current foreign policy and the principles of international solidarity with oppressed nations including Western Sahara. This international solidarity is now an integral part of our foreign policy.

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DIRCO and Parliament co-host public dialogue on Western Sahara

The Deputy Minister of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) in collaboration with Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on International Relations led by H. E. Mr Luwellyn Landers will co-host a public dialogue on the current situation and South Africa’s position on the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) on 15 March 2017 in Cape Town.

Date :

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Time :

12H30

Venue : Imbizo Centre
Parliament
Plein Street
Cape Town
RSVP : mtshalip@dirco.gov.za and mlangenir@dirco.gov.za
Enquiries : Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078
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Bilateral talks and press conference between International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and her Nigerian counterpart, His Excellency Geoffrey Onyeama, Pretoria, SOuth Africa, 13 March 2017.

Picture by: Jacoline Schoonees

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Media Remarks by Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane at the conclusion of the Bilateral Meeting with Her Counterpart, Minister Geoffrey Onyeama in Pretoria, South Africa, 13 March 2017. We have just concluded our bilateral discussions, which have been characterised by the usual friendliness and camaraderie. The main objective of our meeting was to review our bilateral relations and cooperation between our sister Republics, and most importantly to provide the South African Government position and response to the recent incidents of violence directed at foreign nationals.

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane hosts her Nigerian counterpart

The media are invited to a press conference to be held at the conclusion of bilateral talks between International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and her Nigerian counterpart, His Excellency Geoffrey Onyeama.

Date :

Monday, 13 March 2017

Time :

11H30

Venue : Media Room
DIRCO, O. R. Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road
Rietondale
Pretoria
0084
RSVP : MlangeniR@dirco.gov.za
Enquiries : Mr Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078
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Commonwealth Day Message from the Government of South Africa. Today, Monday, 13 March 2017, Commonwealth countries as a symbol of their solidarity, are celebrating Commonwealth Day under the theme “A peace-building Commonwealth.” The theme provides members with the opportunity to reflect on the status of the global community in which we live, where a rise in insecurity is gripping both developing and developed states, where the displacement of populations is growing and where our world is characterised by stark inequality, marginalization, exclusion, racism and sectarian divides.
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Speech by  Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, H.E. Maite Nkoana Mashabane on the occasion of the 2017 International Women’s Day event in honour of Ms Charlotte Maxeke, Richards Bay, 11 March 2017. I am humbled and honoured to join you to day in celebration of the 2017 International Women’s Day. I must therefore recognise all the women here today who serve as the nerve system for our families, communities and the entire nation.  As you are aware the 8th of March marks International Women’s’ Day which is commemorated globally. We are however entitled to celebrate this day either on the 8th and/or at any day during the month of March.
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Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane delivering a key note address during a International Women's Day event held at the Umfolozi TVET College, Umhlathuze Municipality, Richards Bay on 11 March 2017 which is celebrated globally on 08 March.

Picture by: Jacoline Schoones

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane and Premier Mchunu to co-host International Women’s Day event

International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and the Premier of the Kwa-Zulu Natal Province, Mr Willies Mchunu, will co-host an event to mark 2017 International Women’s Day, which is celebrated globally on 08 March.

Date :

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Time :

09H30

Venue : Umfolozi TVET College
Umhlathuze Municipality
Richards Bay
Kwa-Zulu Natal
RSVP : Ms Patience Mtshali, mtshalip@dirco.gov.za; Mr Mdu Ncalane, ncalanevm@umhlathuze.gov.za
Enquiries : Mr Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078
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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and her Qatari counterpart, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, on Friday, 10 March 2017, in Pretoria.

Picture by: Jacoline Schoonees

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane hosts her Qatari counterpart. International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane will host her Qatari counterpart, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, on Friday, 10 March 2017, in Pretoria. The meeting follows the successful State Visit by President Jacob Zuma to the State of Qatar in May 2016.

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President Zuma concludes a successful participation in the IORA Leaders' Summit and State Visit to Indonesia. President Jacob Zuma has today, 09 March 2017, returned to Pretoria after a successful State Visit to Indonesia,  which was preceded by his participation in the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Leaders' Summit in Jakarta, on 6-7 March 2017, at the invitation of His Excellency President Joko Widodo of the Republic of Indonesia.
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SA-led IAEA Board of Governors re-appoints Director General Yukiya Amano. International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors, under the leadership of its Chair, Ambassador Tebogo Seokolo, took a decision on Wednesday, 08 March 2017, to re-appoint, by acclamation, Mr Yukiya Amano, for a third term as the Director General of the organisation for the period 1 December 2017 – 30 November 2021. The Board’s decision will be ratified by the IAEA General Conference in September 2017.

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Jakarta Concord: The Indian Ocean Rim Association: promoting Regional Cooperation for a Peaceful, Stable and Prosperous Indian Ocean. Recalling the fundamental principles and objectives of the IORA Charter; Adhering to the rights and obligations under international law including those under the Charter of the United Nations and the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS); Recalling also the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 2832 (XXVI) on the “Declaration of the Indian Ocean as a Zone of Peace” to maintain peace and stability in the region and to establish the Zone of Peace.

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Declaration on Preventing and Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism, March 2017, Jakarta, Indonesia. Unequivocally condemning all acts of terrorism and offering sincere sympathy to victims, their families, and the people of affected countries. Acknowledging that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes a serious threat to regional and international peace and security, undermining economic development and social cohesion.

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Remarks by His Excellency President Jacob Zuma at the Media Briefing during the State Visit to Indonesia, 8 March 2017. I wish to thank President Widodo for inviting me to visit Indonesia. South Africa and Indonesia share a very strong historical bond of friendship that stretches back to the sixteen hundreds, when the first people of Indonesian descent arrived on South Africa’s shores, as slaves of the Dutch.

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President Zuma and President Widodo inspecting the guard of honour during the official welcoming ceremony at the Istana Medeka Presidential Palace, 08 March 2017, Jakarta, Indonesia.

Picture by: Yolande Snyman
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Media Statement by President Jacob Zuma, at the conclusion of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Leaders’ Summit, 7 March 2017. I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to His Excellency, President Joko Widodo, and the people of Indonesia for the warm hospitality we have received. I also extend my sincere appreciation to the IORA Troika of Foreign Ministers for their leadership of the Association.

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Remarks by President Jacob Zuma to the Leaders’ Summit in Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), at the IORA Leaders’ Summit, Jakarta, Indonesia, 07 March 2017. Let me convey my sincere appreciation to our gracious host and Chair, President Joko Widodo, for hosting the first Leaders’ Summit of the Indian Ocean Rim Association, marking the 20th anniversary of IORA.

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Address by His Excellency, President Jacob Zuma at the Indian Ocean Rim Association Business Summit, Jakarta, Indonesia, 06 March 2017. It is an honour for me to address you at this first Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Business Summit. Let me extend our gratitude to our gracious host, His Excellency Mr. Joko Widodo, President of the Republic of Indonesia, for a warm welcome and outstanding hospitality since our arrival here in Jakarta.

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Group photograph of the Ministers in Commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of Indian Ocean Rim Association, 06 March 2017.

Picture by: Yolande Snyman
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Remarks by H.E Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation and incoming Chair of IORA, on the occasion of the Press Conference of the Council of Ministers Meeting in Commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), Monday, 06 March 2017, Jakarta, Indonesia. South Africa extends its appreciation to the Honourable Minister Retno Marsudi and the Government and people of Indonesia for the warm hospitality we have received and for making the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Council of Ministers meeting such a success.
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President Zuma congratulates Ghana on its 60th anniversary of independence. President Jacob Zuma and President Nana Addo Akufo-Addo of the Republic of Ghana held a telephone conversation this evening, Sunday, 05 March 2017. President Zuma congratulated President Akufo-Addo on the milestone occasion of Ghana’s 60th independence anniversary tomorrow, 6 March 2017.

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to lead the South African delegation to the IORA Council of Ministers (COM) Meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia. International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane arrived in Jakarta, Indonesia, today, Sunday, 05 March 2017, where she is leading a South African government delegation to the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Council of Ministers (COM) Meeting on Monday, 06 March 2017.

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Statement on the Cabinet Meeting of 1 March 2017. Implementation of Government Programmes - Cabinet supports the commitments made in the 2017 National Budget to advance radical economic transformation and draw more South Africans into the economy towards inclusive growth. In the main the budget acknowledges that growth without transformation would only reinforce the inequitable patterns from the past.

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Deputy Minister Landers concludes working visit Geneva, Switzerland. International Relations and Cooperation Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers has today, Thursday, 02 March 2017, concluded his working visit to Geneva, Switzerland, where he took part in the High-Level Segment of the 34th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC34), held on 27 February – 01 March 2017.

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Statement by Deputy Minister Landers at the High-Level Segment of the 34th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), Tuesday, 28 February 2017, Geneva, Switzerland. My delegation congratulates you on your election to preside over the 11th Cycle of the Human Rights Council (HRC). We are confident that you and members of your bureau will successfully manage the affairs of the Council during the course of this year. Be assured of our support in your collective stewardship of the business of the Council.

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South Africa and Russia celebrate 25 years of formal diplomatic relations. The Republic of South Africa and the Russian Federation will mark the 25th anniversary of the establishment of formal diplomatic relations tomorrow, 28 February 2017. Bilateral relations between the two countries were established on 28 February 1992.

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Deputy Minister Landers to participate in the High-Level Segment of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland. International Relations and Cooperation Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers will participate in the High-Level Segment of the 34th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC34), scheduled for 27 February – 01 March 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to attend SADC meeting in Tanzania. International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane will lead a South African government delegation at the meeting of the SADC Inter-State Politics and Diplomacy Committee (ISPDC) taking place in Dar-Es-Salaam, United Republic of Tanzania, from 20 to 24 February 2017.

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2017 Budget Speech to Parliament by the Minister of Finance, Mr Pravin Gordhan, Cape Town, South Africa, 22 February 2017. I have the privilege to present our Government’s budget for the fiscal year 2017/18, and the framework for the next three years. I am mindful, in the context of our own transformation challenges and the stresses in the global environment, of Oliver Tambo’s unwavering vision.
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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane concludes a successful working visit to the People's Republic of China. International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has today, Sunday, 19 February 2017, concluded a successful working visit to Beijing in the People's Republic of China, where she met with her counterpart, Foreign Minister WANG Yi and paid a courtesy call on Vice Minister of Finance SHI Yaobin.

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane arrives in the People's Republic of China on a working visit. International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has today, Saturday, 18 February 2017, arrived in Beijing, in the People's Republic of China, on a working visit.

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane concludes successful participation in the G20 Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Bonn. International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has today concluded a successful working visit to Germany where she led the South African delegation to the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting held in Bonn from 16-17 February 2017.

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to lead the SA delegation to the G20 Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Bonn. International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has today, Wednesday, 15 February 2017, arrived in Germany where she will lead the South African delegation to the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, scheduled for 16-17 February 2017 in Bonn.

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Statement on the Cabinet meeting of 15 February 2017. Implementation of Government Programmes – Cabinet welcomes President Jacob Zuma’s 2017 State of the Nation Address (SoNA) under the theme "Radical Transformation of the Economy”. This was at the halfway mark of this Fifth Administration’s term of office which saw 2017 being declared the Year of Oliver Reginald Tambo and the year of deepening unity.

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President Jacob Zuma congratulates the new President of the Federal Republic of Somalia. On behalf of the Government and the people of South Africa, H.E. President Jacob Zuma has congratulated President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo on his election as President of Somalia, following the Presidential Elections held on 8 February 2017.

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State of the Nation Address by Jacob G Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa on the occasion of the Joint Sitting of Parliament, Cape Town, 9 February 2017. Thank you Madam Speaker and Madam Chairperson for this opportunity to address the joint sitting of Parliament. An illustrious son of our country, President Oliver Reginald Tambo, would have turned 100 years old this year, had he lived.
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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane conducts fruitful bilateral talks with Indonesian counterpart. International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has today, Monday, 06 February 2017, received Ms Retno Marsudi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, for bilateral talks in Cape Town.

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Media Remarks by Minister Nkoana-Mashabane at the conclusion of the Working Visit of Minister Gebran Bassil of Lebanon, OR Tambo Building, 3 February 2017. We have just concluded our bilateral discussions which have been characterised by the usual friendliness and comradeship. The Government of South Africa attaches great importance to the ties that have been built between our country and the Republic of Lebanon and we look forward to enhancing our relations further.
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President Zuma conveys condolences to the Democratic Republic of the Congo regarding the passing away of Mr Étienne Tshisekedi. The South African Government has learnt with sadness about the passing of Mr Étienne Tshisekedi wa Mulumba, the leader of the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS) Party in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to host her Lebanese counterpart

International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane will host her Lebanese counterpart, Hon. Gebran Bassil, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants of Lebanon, on Friday, 03 February 2017, in Pretoria for bilateral discussions.

Date :

Friday, 03 February 2017

Time :

12H00 (Joint Press Conference)

Venue : Media Room
DIRCO, O. R. Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road
Rietondale
Pretoria
0084
RSVP : lazourasl@dirco.gov.za / mtshalip@dirco.gov.za
Enquiries : Mr Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078
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President Zuma returns from the African Union Summit in Ethiopia. President Jacob Zuma has returned to Pretoria, after concluding his Working Visit to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia where he attended the 28th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) held in Addis Ababa, held under the theme "Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investment in the Youth".

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Deputy Minister Landers to lead the SA delegation to the Joint Extra-Ordinary Meeting of the SADC Ministers of Environment and Natural Resources, and of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation. International Relations and Cooperation Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers will lead the South African delegation to the Joint Extra-Ordinary Meeting of the SADC Ministers responsible for Environment and Natural Resources, and of the Ministerial Committee of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation (MCO), scheduled for 3 February 2017 in Ezulwini, in the Kingdom of Swaziland.

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Preparations for the State of the Nation Address 2017. President Jacob Zuma has called a Joint Sitting of Parliament on 9 February 2017 to deliver the State of the Nation Address (SONA) and preparations are continuing in earnest within government to ensure its success.

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President Zuma to attend the AU Summit in Ethiopia. President Jacob Zuma will travel to Addis Ababa, in the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia to attend the 28th Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) from 28-31 January 2017 under the theme "Harnessing the Demographic Dividend Through Investment in the Youth".

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Deputy Minister Landers to lead the SA delegation to the Joint Extra-Ordinary Meeting of the SADC Ministers of Environment and Natural Resources, and of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation. I am honoured to address this important and timely seminar titled: “Reinvigorating South Africa’s leadership role in the International Human Rights Treaty Monitoring System: Possibilities for enhanced impact”.

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South African Government conveys condolences to the Islamic Republic of Iran following the Plasco Building collapse. The Government and people of South Africa convey their deepest sympathies and condolences to the Government and people of the Islamic Republic of Iran, following the collapse of the historic high-rise Plasco Building in Iran’s capital, Tehran, which caught fire on Thursday, 19 January 2017, leaving over 70 people dead and scores injured.

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Latest developments in The Gambia following the swearing in of President Adama Barrow. The South African Government has congratulated President Adama Barrow following his swearing in as the new President of The Gambia, on 19 January 2017 at the Gambian Embassy in Dakar, Senegal.

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Call for public to vote for finalists in the 2017 Ubuntu Awards’ public vote categories. The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) will host the 3rd Annual Ubuntu Awards on 11 February 2017 in Cape Town. The Awards will be held under the theme: “OR Tambo… in his footsteps.

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to embark on a Back-to-School campaign in Winterveldt

International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane will on Friday, 20 January 2016, embark on a Back-to-School campaign in Winterveldt.


Date :

Friday, 20 January 2017

Time :

10H00 - 16H00

Venue :

Winterveldt
Tshwane

RSVP : mlangenir@dirco.gov.za and rachidis@dirco.gov.za
Enquiries : Mr Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078
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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to embark on a Back-to-School campaign in Free State Province

International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane will on Thursday, 19 January 2016, embark on a Back-to-School campaign at St Paul and Tshipinare Primary Schools in Thaba Nchu, Free State Province.

Date :

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Time :

12H00

Venue : St Paul Primary School & Tshipinare Primary School
Thaba Nchu
Free State
RSVP : mlangenir@dirco.gov.za, rachidis@dirco.gov.za
Enquiries : Mr Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078
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President Zuma sends condolences to Afghanistan and the United Arab Emirates following the death of five diplomats in Afghanistan. On behalf of the Government and the People of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency President Zuma has conveyed a message of condolences to the Government and the people of United Arab Emirates on the death of five of its diplomatic officials in a bomb blast on 10 January 2017 in Afghanistan.

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